Taylor Junipers

(Question)

I have been hard pressed finding Taylor Junipers here in Toronto. I have found a few but want to know how well they do in Toronto. Before I go and spend money I would like to know how well they grow and how to maintain. My other alternative is a high holly bushes. Some grow sloooow but there are a few dense and high ones. Which do you prefer here in Toronto? I want a natural HIGH fence with Junipers or Holly because they are are dense and high. Thanks

(Answer)

Hello,

That you have found a supplier for the Taylor Juniper would be an indication of its suitability to Toronto.

The Taylor Juniper, Juniperus virginiana ‘Taylor’, a moderate grower attaining 30 ft. (10 m,) in height by 3 ft. (1 m) wide is hardy (Zone 3-9) for Toronto (Zone 6a). It requires full sun and regular watering during the first growing season to establish a deep root system. That being said, there are a number a reasons why evergreens do not winter well, including lack of water during winter months.

Concerning tall hollies, there are a few selections that appear to suit your needs:

Savannah Holly, Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’ – USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9  – requires full sun and moderate watering – moderate grower to 20 to 30 ft. (6 to 10 m.) in height and 15 to 25 feet (5 to 7 m.) wide

Blue Maid Meserve Holly, Ilex x meserveae ‘Mesid’ – Hardiness Zone: 6a –  a moderate grower to 15 ft. (6 m.) in height and 12 ft. (3.5 m.) wide – requires full sun to partial shade

However, these plants would require a special order as they are not common to Toronto and restrictions may apply to their hardiness.  Perhaps requesting a guarantee with the purchase of your plants would be worth considering.

I hope this helps in your gardening decision.